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What the Heck Is Happening in Turkey? A FAQ for the Rest of Us.

• slate.com
 On Monday, the demonstrations entered their fourth day, with thousands of people gathering in Istanbul's landmark Taksim Square to protest what they contend is Erdoğan's ever-increasing authoritarianism. Erdoğan, meanwhile, has attempted to dismiss the demonstrations as the work of a vocal anti-Islam minority who have continually worked to derail his efforts to boost the Middle Eastern nation's financial fortunes.

For those unfamiliar with the Turkish backstory—which, let's be honest here, is most of us—here's your cheat sheet to help you get up to speed. You'll find some links to more-detailed reading at the bottom, but in the meantime we'll paint largely with broad strokes for the sake of simplicity to get you started.

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